Since 1999, the Parks in Focus program has been connecting underserved middle school youth to nature through photography. Digital cameras and the art of photography are used as tools, both to help connect young people with nature and to provide a medium in which each youth's connection can live on beyond a single activity, outing, or trip. For more information about Parks in Focus, visit

Parks in Focus needs both in-kind and monetary donations in order to continue introducing kids to nature and outdoors activities. We believe all youth deserve opportunities to be active outdoors, to experience the stories nature has to tell, to learn new skills and build confidence -- all with trusted adult mentors leading the way.

Your support makes a difference. Thank you!


Parks in Focus Give a Kid a Camera Campaign
To meet the needs of our 2012 programs with outreach to 300+ youth, 120 new cameras need to be purchased by the end of 2011. Youth who successfully complete the Parks in Focus 5-day camping trips get to keep a camera to continue using beyond the trip. Each camera, memory card, camera case package costs $125. Please consider joining the "Give a Kid a Camera" campaign and contributing before December 30, 2011.

Summit Hut Decline a Bag Program Benefits Parks in Focus
Summit Hut, a locally owned outdoor recreation store in Tucson, Ariz., operates a Decline a Bag program in which customers who do not take a bag with their purchase are able to donate the cost of the bag to local non-profit organization. Summit Hut has designated Parks in Focus as one of the non-profit recipients of the Decline a Bag program from November 2011 through March 18, 2012. Please keep this in mind if you visit Summit Hut in the coming months.

It's Easy for You to Give

Click here to donate online: Or send a check to: Udall Foundation; Attn: Katherine McPherson (PIF); 130 S. Scott Avenue; Tucson, AZ 85701-1922.

For additional information, please contact Melissa Millage at